July 24, 1946 – March 16, 2016
Bernard J. Bonczyk of Batavia, a gunsmith and machinist, died Wednesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a long illness. He was 69.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Cheektowaga. He served in the Army from 1966 to 1968 and was a tank commander in the Panama Canal Zone. In the 1970s, he attended the Colorado School of Trades and was certified as a master gunsmith.
Mr. Bonczyk was head gunsmith at Sterling Arms in Gasport in the 1970s, then worked as a precision machinist at Graham Manufacturing. He retired in 2009.
Active in Scouting, he was an assistant scoutmaster, unit commissioner and unit committee member for Troop 64 in East Pembroke.
He received numerous Scouting honors, including the District Award of Merit, the Distinguished Commissioner Award, the Genishaua District Spark Plug Award and the Arrowhead Award. A member of the Order of the Arrow, Ashokwahta Lodge 339, he received the Vigil Honor and the Founders Award
Survivors include his wife, the former Patricia Nelson; a son, Wesley; a sister, Delphine Derenda; and three grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, 8656 Church St., Pembroke.